Well, I guess the holiday season is officially here…again. Does the world suddenly cast Haste when you reach 30?

I accept Lords of Shadow as a Castlevania title

In what I considered to be one of the more interesting stories of the past week, we learned that Konami was initially hesitant to give Lords of Shadow the "Castlevania" title because they weren't sure how this move would be received by the fans. After all, it's a fairly significant removal from past entries, as it's clear they're producing a game more similar to the likes of God of War or even Devil May Cry . And while I still say that no CV will ever top Symphony of the Night , I have to admit to myself that 2D side-scrolling adventures (as beautiful and accomplished as they can be) are dead. Therefore, I accepted the idea when Konami took the franchise 3D in the last generation and I accept the shift again right now. Why? Because if you don't keep up in this industry, you fall behind and die .

And I don't know about you guys, but I don't want to see the Castlevania series die out, which it is currently in danger of doing if Lords of Shadow flops. It's clear the 2D productions are vastly superior but that doesn't mean they can't produce a fantastic next-gen action game. I have every confidence they can do it, and I'm looking forward to the effort.

I'll just ask it: why would ANYONE buy a Xbox 360 right now?

I own both consoles and no, I'm not giving up the 360. I still need it for the next Gears and Alan Wake (but besides that, I'm not sure what else I want for it). That being said, in looking at the current situation, if I were a consumer seeking a video game console, how in God's name would I end up with the 360? Same price. Live costs, the PSN does not and if you do the research, the PSN has more fantastic downloadable exclusives, both services have Netflix, and the community sizes are comparable now (despite what Microsoft says). The PS3 exclusives have clearly outstripped everything else – even the mainstream media has shown this to be true to just about everyone; the Spike TV Video Game Awards correctly put Uncharted 2: Among Thieves at the head of the list – and oh yeah, it's a freakin' Blu-Ray player. A damn good one, too. It's a million times more reliable – by now, everyone is aware of the catastrophe that is the 360 hardware – it has connectivity with a handheld device, and the controllers that use Lithium batteries are always superior to those that use standard AA batteries, regardless of personal preference.

There. So is it any surprise at all that the PS3 is coming out on top at retailers thus far in the holiday season? Consumers aren't stupid, you know. This is all pretty cut and dry right now.

Personal gaming update

So Assassin's Creed II is my new addiction and I never expected it to be this long . For those who don't know, if you wish to do everything in the game (and of course, I do), I figure this game could last a good 40 hours. I'm already like 26 hours in and I'm not even to Venice yet. I just love everything about this sequel and I will stand by my 9.4 review until the day I die; this is just so unbelievably impressive in so many ways. When I'm done, I'll return to my former addiction, Dragon Age: Origins , and finish that up. All of this should probably take me close to several weeks to complete, which is good timing, as I have a bunch of games on my Christmas list. I want Resident Evil 5 , Left 4 Dead 2 , and Halo 3: ODST . Oh, and I'm definitely hoping that Ubisoft's new unannounced title is another Prince of Persia . Love those games.

Other than that, I gots nothing new to add. I see Arnold's 350Z review is up and crazy in-depth, and I'm glad a lot of you appreciate it. I do miss my 350Z some days but overall, I'm extraordinarily happy with my M35x. It really is one of the most perfect cars for Connecticut; that's all I'll say. 🙂

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Solid Fantasy
Solid Fantasy
10 years ago

I can only hope consumers aren't stupid. M$ has it's ways of brainwashing the masses.

noodles619
noodles619
10 years ago

Well, Braid is a damn good side-scroller!

Yeah the only reasons I am still keeping my 360 is for any upcoming Gears, and Alan Wake too. Oh, you forgot Splinter Cell: Conviction Ben! I still need to get my hands on Episodes from Liberty City (unless it comes out on the PS3).

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

Damn, you're right. LOVE me some Splinter Cell.

___________
___________
10 years ago

dont forget crackdown 2.
why does everyone forget the best platformer out since crash bandicoot?

chucknasty
chucknasty
10 years ago

Braid is NOT a side scroller, it is a puzzle. Most of the levels have a near zero tolerance for deviation from the 'correct' path. Love that game but it isn't me getting through the level, it is me figuring out how the designer wanted me to get through the level.

Beamboom
Beamboom
10 years ago

@Chucknasty: "it isn't me getting through the level, it is me figuring out how the designer wanted me to get through the level" – Ah I know *exactly* what you mean, and I simply hate it when that fact becomes too apparent. If I am not granted freedom, at least give me the illusion!

(Kind regards someone that got stuck in FarCry 2 where I had to choose if he should save the friends or the church contact. I played over and over and over and over for hours, totally unable to handle that bloody attack – until I in pure desperation searched for help on the net, only to find out that I was *supposed* to loose that fight… *duh*)

Jiggy
Jiggy
10 years ago

You're right about ACII's longevity, this game is huge. I've put roughly 35 hours in and am just now on the last guy to assassinate. Poor uncharted2 disc isn't getting much play, oh and the fat characters for the holiday are hilarious!! Can't wait to see what ND does for XMAS

Epimetheus
Epimetheus
10 years ago

AC2 is friggin' awesome. I swear I'm learning Italian just by playing the game. Now I gotta find all of those feathers …

Did anyone get to that blocked part of Florence? I can't seem to unlock it.

BTNwarrior
BTNwarrior
10 years ago

"Because if you don't keep up in this industry, you fall behind and die"

I don't know, alot of 2d fighting games came out this year that would say otherwise, though I do admit they are kind of the acception to the rule

and that thing about microsoft claiming that they have more subscribers… I don't think they take into account just how many people there are who like me opened up 10 accounts and stopped playing them after my free trials expired


Last edited by BTNwarrior on 11/29/2009 12:01:20 AM

OtisFeelgood
OtisFeelgood
10 years ago

I just bought the PS3 walmart bundle and only have around $60 left. Which game should I buy first, Uncharted 2 or Assassin's Creed 2?

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

Normally, ACII beats anything, but Uncharted 2 is arguably the best game of the entire generation.

Play both, definitely, but U2 always gets precedence.

OtisFeelgood
OtisFeelgood
10 years ago

Yeah, I was kind of leaning towards Uncharted 2 but I want to check out AC2 also. And the new R&C. And the God of War Collection….. Jesus, I'm going to be so broke. >_<

___________
___________
10 years ago

depends what your looking for.
uncharted 2 is the better game overall but you will be done in 12 hours, and i would never touch the online with a 10 foot pole.
where AC2 will easily last you 20 hours and is just as much fun.

King James
King James
10 years ago

Uncharted 2, FTW. Its on sale. AC2 isn't.

kevinater321
kevinater321
10 years ago

I say ratchet and clank, I already threw away 20 hours into that game and im not done yet. Still gotta level your guns! But if you need to choose over ACII and U2, i would go with Uncharted, and no matter what anyone says the online is amazing too (if your into online)

Kr3sn1k
Kr3sn1k
10 years ago

cant agree with you more ben

o and ben did u find ac2 bttr than modern warfare 2… i have both i bought ac2 ad my brother bought modern warfare 2 but i refuse to play it as i refused to play modern warfare 1 because i just think its an over hyped game thats not evn rly that special…

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

ACII is better than MW2.

www
www
10 years ago

Single Player : ACII should be better, though I haven't played it.

BUT

Online: MW2 is better.

So it depends Ben 😉

Aftab
Aftab
10 years ago

Ben is saying AC2 is better of the two as an over all product. I have yet to play both, but AC2 is next on my list.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
10 years ago

i dont know it depends on what your looking for! this is just my opinion obviously but between ac2 and MW2 it depends on what your looking for!

they are two completely different games. honestly though MW2 online is unparalleled. maybe not in overall quality but its completely fun and engaging. there is a reason this many people play it. but i picked up ac2 on friday and its really good. This game in my opinion is way better than AC which i did not like and havnt even finished. But i knew ubisoft would and could make a better game so i gave ac2 a chance and its fun. but they are different. if polish is what your looking for yea technically ac2 is better, but if your looking for an online expereince you'll keep going back to MW2 is where its at.

see the two games where they excel are completely dif. so its all about what you like. for instance Ben thinks ac2 is the better game, but what both bring, ill always play MW2 over ac2 as good as it is. because i can play with my friends, and theres just something about getting headshots against an actual player that is satisfying! 😉
plus the online experience is great.

with that said, that doesnt mean i favor online over single player. in fact im a single player type gamer but online is fun, especially with friends. Uncharted 2 is the best game ive ever played and i played it for the single player so…


Last edited by bigrailer19 on 11/29/2009 5:08:51 PM

___________
___________
10 years ago

ha i think 40 hours is a little over the top ben.
30 ok but not 40.
ive spent roughly 25 hours on it, finished it, got all the combat trophies, found all the glyphs and all the statues.
got everything, the only thing i need to do now is find those bloody feathers.
o god this is harder than those bloody shards in infamous.
better call the funny farm, there getting a new recruit.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

There's no way you do everything in 25 hours. Not all treasure chests, all feathers, all missions, all viewpoints, all codex pages, Altair's Armor, etc.

Kr3sn1k
Kr3sn1k
10 years ago

i agree with ben iv only spent 32 hours and i still have the side missons and the feathers

___________
___________
10 years ago

sorry i meant everything to get the plat.
you dont need to do all the side missions or treasure chests ect.
72 more feathers and my 9th platinum shall finally be mine.

jerocarson
jerocarson
10 years ago

Eight days pls. anyone?.. i just dreamt of it..
Nice, i just got dumbfounded, ben, so u haven't tried RE5.. simply whoa!.. i havent tried it either, i thought i was the only one in the world.. After RE: Nemesis (my FAV.), i stooped playing RE series, cos it just got from good to worse. personal opinion. thanks

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

I only played the RE5 demo, some people love the game, I for one hated even the idea of babysitting an idiot AI through a whole game where the point of it is to be scared and alone. And while the tank controls somehow worked for RE4, they just didn't seem to this time. So I passed on the game. So many people seemed disappointed, maybe it'll be a bargain bin buy some day.


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 11/29/2009 1:47:40 AM

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
10 years ago

world-

i felt the same way bout RE5 when the demo hit. The key is to play with a friend who can handle the controls. The a.i. is terrible and yeah its babysitting! IF you play with a friend its a lot of fun. and as far as the controls go, in the demo i hated it. i dont know if as time went on (i just played RE5 and finished it bout a month ago) i thought id give it a try or if it was good and i just neglected to realize it. point is the tank controls do work, and cus of how the computer a.i. is it works out really well and pretty smooth if you use your quick swap buttons properly.

overall after dispising and talking so much crap about RE5 and the tank controls when the demo hit, i will totally stand corrected and take back everything i said bad about it. I absolutely loved the game! It was a lot of fun through and through!

I'd say buy it cus i think i seen it for like $40 bucks, but i could be wrong. if your that skeptical though id definiely buiy it when it hits those "bargain bins".

www
www
10 years ago

Resident Evil 5 is epic, enough said.

kevinater321
kevinater321
10 years ago

I've seen i for 20!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

20 I can part with, but yeah for me gaming is mostly a solitary experience. Most of my friends got married and disappeared.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
10 years ago

world-

ill play with you when you get it! i enjoyed it that much.

PSN- BigRailer19

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

Another week goes by on the world. I love the Christmas season, the smell of a freshly opened game, the look on an xbots face when he realizes he is the only one in that aisle and can't seem to find anything…

But seriously folks, believe it or not I had to take a miss on Uncharted 2 but it's already ready for xmas and it came a bit cheaper so that's okay. I'm absorbed in Dragon Age at the moment, my character looking quite a bit like me in fancy armor as I bicker with Morrigan and chuckle at Alistair. Good times… Now what am I gonna do about that massive backlog that needs to be beaten?

King James
King James
10 years ago

6 words World: Uncharted 2, Game of the Year.

Ya dig?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

I dig!

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

Hrmm…I keep thinking we shouldn't allow anyone who hasn't played Uncharted 2 to access PSXE.

Don't want to lose one of our best posters, of course, so……play the goddamn game, World. 😉

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

You flatter me, don't worry it is currently en route via Amazon 🙂

King James
King James
10 years ago

Ben is AC2 really THAT good? I loathe the 1st one and, if my memory serves me correctly, you enjoyed the 1st one. Is that true? If so, then I'll probably won't appreciate AC2 like you do.

I still don't want a 360 b/c the games I want to play are on PC as well: Mass Effect 2, Splinter Cell: Conviction, and Alan Wake (not confirmed yet). L4D never did it for me. I like Halo but not enough to buy a 360. And Fable never interested me. Neither than Crackdown.

I just bought Batman: AA, Dragon Age: Origins, and Katamari Forever. All were on sale for Black Friday. Couldn't find InFamous on sale though. I really wanted that game. I spent about $100 in total on them all. I also got like 6 or 7 blu-ray movies. They were all about $10 each. Good Black Friday.


Last edited by King James on 11/29/2009 2:04:56 AM

Alienange
Alienange
10 years ago

You're in for a treat if you like Batman.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

I'm with you KJ, the first AC was like eating sandpaper, so it's hard to believe this one is much better. But I do want to try it, and we get no demo.

King James
King James
10 years ago

I'm gonna play Batman tonight. I loved the demo and the reviews for it were fantastic. I'm driving back home tonight from my thanksgiving trip. Can't wait to play it.

And Yea, Why don't we get a demo?

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
10 years ago

world-

im only a few hours in but this AC2 is a big step forward. Its still the same setting looking back into your (desmond miles') ancestors history. But the way the story is told inside Ezio' world is much better. I felt like in the first one i was let down because i didnt feel the story from the assasins point of view. This time around theres great depth into the assasins life! But overall its still the same style gameplay but with beefed up attacks and weapons. and you can buy armor, medicines, weapons and so on… So far i enjoy it!

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
10 years ago

It's hard for me to say. On the one hand, I have to say that if you didn't like the first AC, you won't like the sequel because it basically plays the same.

On the other hand, the upgrades are SO numerous, it just feels like a much richer and fuller experience. I guess maybe it depends on what exactly you hated about the first one…

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

I don't rent very often, but maybe I'll do it this time.

Larsperson
Larsperson
10 years ago

Have had Resident Evil 5 on my shelf for quite some time gathering dust having barely touched it. But planning to start a playthrough with a mate in co-op next week so looking forward to finally getting into it. Will probably check out AC2 sometime before christmas as well. As for my Xbox I honestly can't remember the last time it got switched on. The upcoming exclusives for it don't really interest me. Thought Left For Dead 2 might be fun but the extreme changes made to the Australian release has changed my mind on that one.


Last edited by Larsperson on 11/29/2009 2:04:32 AM

jerocarson
jerocarson
10 years ago

@Larsperson
how about Alan wake? I think it would be a nice game, it can push the xbox futher.


Last edited by jerocarson on 11/29/2009 2:19:42 AM

Larsperson
Larsperson
10 years ago

Your right that may be one to check out when it hits. But I believe it is still months away from release, I don't tend to get excited about a game until its almost here. It will be interesting to see how it turns out though. If its top notch will for sure give it a go.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

Alan Wait

jerocarson
jerocarson
10 years ago

I mean Resident evil NEMESIS was really scary.. lols..
but the sequels were mere child's play.
i watched the video of RE5, and it was just a shinny plastic, i don't know, but that i whats i saw.. HEAVY RAIN can't come soon..
m not a fan FF.. NEVER PLAYED ANY.. maybe thats why..

www
www
10 years ago

So what games do you play, if you haven't tried any FF and dislike RE5, what are you playing right now….

Banky A
Banky A
10 years ago

Why would anyone buy an Xbox 360 right now? Hopefully nobody 😉

But people in NZ (or my Auckland area) are still playing catch up to the world and the 'popular teens' I know have started getting Xbox 360's in one way or another.

Which is sad, I'm still the only avid PS3 owner/gamer in kilometers.

🙁